Warrington half-back George Williams will captain England in Friday’s World Cup warm-up match against Fiji, team management have confirmed.
The former Wigan and Canberra Raiders playmaker will replace first-choice skipper Sam Tomkins, who is rested by manager Shaun Wane.
The clash at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford is England’s last meeting before they meet Samoa in the tournament’s opener at Newcastle’s St James’ Park on October 15.
Williams, 27, said: “It’s an unreal feeling. I think it will be the highlight of my career to be captain of my country. It is tremendous for me, my family and everyone who has helped me along the way.
“It’s something I will appreciate and I’m really looking forward to leading this great group.”
When does England play Fiji?
The game begins tonight, Friday 7 October at 7.30pm at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford.
The England vs Fiji game is available to stream online via the RLWC2021 app. The entire World Cup will be shown on BBC iPlayer.
Who is in the England squad?
Andy Ackers, Joe Batchelor, John Bateman, Tom Burgess, Mike Cooper, Herbie Farnworth, Ryan Hall, Chris Hill, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Tommy Makinson, Michael McIlorum, Mike McMeeken, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kai Pearce-Paul, Victor Radley, Marc Sneyd, Luke Thompson, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Jack Welsby, Elliott Whitehead, George Williams, Dom Young.
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